East Buchanan Middle School taking steps with Leader In Me Initiative

Posted: October 18, 2022

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Our EB MS is in the process of introducing Leader In Me and introducing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

7 Habits Principles

Habit 1: Be Proactive. Take responsibility, choice, accountability, initiative, resourcefulness

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. Vision, commitment and purpose

Habit 3: Put First Things First. Focus, Integrity, discipline, prioritization

Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Mutual benefit, fairness, abundance

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Respect, mutual understanding, empathy, courage

Habit 6: Synergize. Creativity, cooperation, diversity, humility

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Renewal, continuous improvement, balance

Morning Huddles

Our morning huddles are a way for all students of 7th and 8th grade and staff to come together and get our day started in the right direction. At 8 am students will call for everyone to huddle in the morning. Currently, the huddle is teacher-led, with the goal of a student of students leading in the future. We always start with a positive thing that happened the day before. Then we ask a question that is directed toward the habit that we are working on. At the end of the huddle, we always end with BUCS on 3–1,2,3 BUCS!

The  BUCS on 3 is a barometer of the current attitude and motivation of the Middle School. Some days it’s great, other days you can tell we are dragging.

During the week MSs dedicates the Wednesday BUC Time to a Habit Lesson and Thursday BUC Time is dedicated time to a Habit Activity. It has been a team effort from each staff member in the MS to complete each week from huddles, lessons, and activities.

For Habit 2, the teachers had the 7th and 8th grade students review the East Buchanan Mission Statement – To challenge students to think critically, communicate critically, communicate effectively, develop values, and contribute to society.  In doing this, the student then applied the mission statement to their own goals in their personal lives.